Our small but mighty Wichita Chapter No. 65 rose to a challenge presented to us at the
IREM San Diego Conference. We learned the IREM Foundation Party with a Purpose would be losing approximately $20,000 in donations with the transition from two
large conferences a year to one—eliminating one of the Party with a Purpose events.
The challenge was put out to all of our regions’ chapters to get as much in donations as
we could to replace some of the funding this event typically brings in.
We believe strongly in IREM education and wanted to support the Foundation and
our chapter member, Clark Lindstrom, CPM, president of the IREM Foundation, at
the regional member meeting in Minnesota. We encouraged all of our chapter members to donate at each monthly meeting by passing the hat and spoke at each meeting
about the IREM Foundation and the availability of scholarships to members wanting
to further their education and careers.
This donation process was well received, but we had a goal for the chapter to raise
$2,500 and were falling short. We called upon our “Friends of IREM” and had a silent
auction with donation baskets of wine, tickets to football games and many other wonderful items. We had a large meeting where we invited several guest speakers: Chief
Gordon Ramsay of the Wichita Police Department, to discuss new policies for apartment communities in Wichita; Laurie Fritz, director of Kansas Housing Resources
Corporation, to discuss Fair Housing; and attorney Kurt Holmes, to discuss rights of
landlords and tenants. We charged an additional $15 per plate for this noon event, to
go directly to the Foundation Donation kitty. The event and silent auction were well
received by a variety of apartment industry leaders and managers. We were excited
to present our donation to the Foundation in the amount of $2,200 at the regional
meeting. We fell a bit short in reaching our goal, but the process brought our chapter
members together with a renewed spirit of giving back.
Help build on the IREM
Foundation’s success by
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Pat Lickiss, CPM,
Wichita Chapter 65.
of the “basket” to
help fund the IREM
by Pat Lickiss, CPM, HCCP